Back to literacy, is it?

January 12, 2006 at 11:30 pm Leave a comment

Multimedia literacy?

The discussion on wikipedia:

Multimedia is the use of several different media to convey information (text, audio, graphics, animation, video, and interactivity)

Reminded me of the book, On intelligence, by Hawkins where he describes the way the brain interacts with the world. It’s all about feedback. When one of the senses encounters a stimulus, it is compared to a stored pattern, an invariant representation. If no such pattern is recognized at a given level of brain function the quest for an invarient representation moves to higher brain functions. Different senses will probe upstream for a given model. Reading a word (sight) and hearing (hearing) a word both access a higher level model. I’d suggest reading the book to hear better examples!

But consider multimedia literacy then. We read, listen, and watch the news. These are all ways to get news. We have to be good at getting information from many sources in many ways. For example, check this speed reader out – read a book one word at a time. Well I guess that’s how we do it anyway?

That reminds me that we read words as shapes, not letter by letter. Bouma it’s called? Here’s some more information.

Related, technological literacy and just plain old literacy

Well then you have the National Forum for Informational Literacy!

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